Changing Majors

By Hugo Bolanos

With college well into affect, students are full of stress and also have plenty overwhelming homework. Iowa State newcomers such as freshmen or transfer students quickly jump into the college experience. These students try to adjust to class sizes, campus life and life away from parents.

At first, new students along with returning students are not entirely sure with their major, it mostly consists with being pressured to choose what students would like to do for the rest of their lives.

One distraction about choosing a major or knowing about what to do with their lives can be class sizes, Iowa State has an average class size of 33 students. (Academics).

To some small town students, this seems like a bit of normality, but with big city students coming from nearby states (Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City) a class size of 33 sounds a bit of relief.

“The lecture hall classes are huge, but that goes into consideration with classes that all students no matter of majors need to take. Other than that coming from Chicago, I see the classes a bit less than my high school,” says Nick Mulderink, sophomore in Biochemistry.

While walking on campus, many students can see plenty of student tours going on. Iowa State looks to recruit high school seniors and transfers by showing them around campus and getting them familiar with the campus life.

“Campus life can make or break it for some colleges” says Edi Gracanin, sophmore in Kinesiology. Gracanin recently changed majors from Mechanical Engineering to Kinesiology, due to the fact that he was not “happy” with his old major. “Iowa State is cool because you can have a great school known for engineering, but then switch to Kinesiology because their program is also great” added Edi.

Gracanin told JLMC 206 that his main reasoning for changing majors was due to a stranger that he met on campus and having a brief conversation getting to know each other and their majors.

While taking a tour of Iowa State, visitors are asked to bring their parents along to get familiar to the campus as well. Having parents tag along during the tour can make the new students more comfortable when facing a new journey in their lives.

For the most part newcomers have had mom or dad or even both in their lives through schooling. Coming in the fall with a new roommate and not having your parents push you to get good grades is probably the biggest adjustment students make.

Parents play a great deal into helping their son or daughter choose their major. Sometimes parents choose their son or daughters major for them, maybe because they have a company back home or because they would like to see their kid earn good money.

“Being on your own you have plenty of time to think,” says Christine Lawler, junior in Psychology. “The time without them you mature and that’s what really helps you make the big decision of choosing your major.” Added Lawler.

Without a doubt, coming to college is a big deal for students and their families. Students expand their minds in and outside of the classroom, maturing greatly and enter into adulthood by the end of their college career (hopefully). Changing majors can be the starting stone into a whole different world; it’s just choosing which world to go into.


Iowa State Football keeps fans coming back

By Hugo Bolanos

Since 2009, the Iowa State Cyclones have not won more than three games in season. The Cyclones fired their football coach Paul Roads in 2015, for being responsible for causing such losses.  Jamie Pollard, Athletic Director for Iowa State University brought in Matt Campbell from Toledo. Matt Campbell averaging eight wins per season brings back excitement in fans. More of a motivation to attend games and also bringing back the hype that Iowa State Football once had.

Iowa State football started their season with two losses, one to division II UNI and the other to a powerful rival Iowa Hawkeyes. Though Iowa State finally getting their first win against San Jose State on September 24th winning 44-10.

San Jose State came with a great sense of victory following their bowl win last year against Georgia State, 27-16. A bowl game is something the Cyclones have not seen since 2012, when into the fourth season of six in the Paul Roads era.

Before the cyclones went on to win, the fans were up bright and early to get their tailgates ready. The weather was a great 74 degrees with partly cloudy, the atmosphere seemed to have taken a new sense of Iowa State fanatics. For the feeling of winning was upon the tailgaters.

The football game happened to be an early one, 11a.m., and meaning tailgaters had to be at their spot at 6am. “Early bird gets the worm” the motto for tailgater Alexa Trickle, junior.

Trickle has been a resident in Ames all her life with her parents owning a car repair shop; they donate each year to Iowa State athletics. When asked on how come they keep coming back to tailgate every year, Trickle replied, “When you’ve grown up in a city where you’ve lived your whole life, you can’t imagine cheering on another team. It’s more than just winning, it’s about heart and dedication.”

Heart and dedication is truly needed if you decide to become a Cyclone fan. Ames being a college town revolves not just around sports, but academics as well.

“For some, tailgating is time to relieve some stress and forget about the homework or exams you might have,” Kitral stated. Kitral being from Chicago, Illinois choose to cheer on Iowa State instead of an Illinois college team. “I don’t want to drive back six hours to cheer on a team, so I rather stay here and meet new people,” Kitral added.

Football is a game; it’s what gets some people going in the morning. Tailgaters would go the extra mile to make their tailgate experience an enjoyable one, spending money on burgers, tickets and beer of course. Pregame celebrations are what make people wake up early, because in due time their team could either walk out with a win or be a bust.

No matter what fans tend to tailgate for one common thing, heart and pride for their team!

Heart and pride is the root that keeps them attached to their team, whether it’d be winning season or losing. It keeps them hopeful for the next one and you bet your ass fans will continue to come until its winning season, even then they will still show appreciation for CyclONE Nation.

Iowa State University offers DACA recipients an education

By Hugo Bolanos


Carolina Del Mar, senior, majoring in Biology is a resident of Puerto Rico and chose Iowa State due to the great atmosphere she felt while taking a campus tour.

A record number enrollment is just one of the few matters on topic at Iowa State University. With the presidential elections on the verge, there happen to be a lot of subjects that need to be touched, one being immigration. Immigration is something that most students worry least about, because they have studying and keeping up with grades to focus on.

Iowa State attracts many foreign students, some having DACA. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; it is an immigration policy that allows undocumented children who were brought here by their parents before 2007 and were under the age of 16, to receive lawful status and exemption from deportation.

Being allowed to get a social security and work permit are the benefits of DACA, giving the chance for those recipients to continue their education and venture into a more successful future.

Iowa State University seems to be a popular school for DACA recipients, for the enrollment set a record of 36,660. The number of U.S. nonresident undergraduate enrollment increased by 899 students from last year’s record of 8,611.

“Some of those kids can potentially go on and do great things in the future” stated Nicolas Orrante, junior, majoring in pre-business. “If we deprive them of the opportunity then we kind of deprive our growth as a country” Orrante added. Orrante is not affected by DACA, but has family whom were illegal at some point in time.


Nicolas Orrante, junior in pre-business, opens up about his views on DACA students at Iowa State University.

Although Iowa State offers their education to DACA students, ISU tuition is yet to be configured. If DACA students pay instate taxes, they will receive in-state tuition, but as some immigrants are illegal they could not have a way to pay their share of taxes so they tend to receive out of state or even international tuition fees.

DACA not only allows students to pursue a higher education, but also allows them to receive a work permit. “Many students have a difficult time with finances in college, so a work permit would definitely allow DACA students to help pay loans or help pay for groceries” said Carolina Del Mar, senior, majoring in biology. “It sure helps me gain some extra cash,” Del Mar later stated.

Student Affairs, which handles issues pertaining to student life and the university; commented that they are working on forming a group of students which fall in the category of DACA. Student Affairs will strive on making DACA students more welcomed and giving them a more comfortable environment to get educated for the years to come.

As of now, the upcoming elections in November will determine whether or not Obama’s immigration action, DACA will continue to be in place. Meaning that the future of about 5 million DACA recipients will be put on hold until the final ballot is tallied. It will be the decision of the new president and his administration whether the continuation of this policy will be updated. Until then, DACA students at Iowa State University will just have to keep their minds full with current college course work.